Attorney honored with nonprofit's top award


Jeffrey M. Sangster (center), president of Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki PC, is pictured receiving the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award. Sangster is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Law.

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit recently paid tribute to area businesses and individuals for their work and effort on behalf of the nonprofit.

During the awards dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club, longtime Metro Detroit Advisory Board member Jeffrey M. Sangster received the nonprofit’s highest honor, the William Booth Award.

Sangster was honored for being a true advocate for local youth, the disadvantaged and the metro Detroit community as well as his leadership as Harbor Light Advisory Council chair throughout the years.

Sangster joined the advisory board in 2008 and has served The Salvation Army for more than 37 years. He has been instrumental in fundraising as the driving force behind The Salvation Army Outdoors initiative that provides opportunities for kids of all ages to learn new skills, explore creation and experience adventures.

The William Booth Award, named after The Salvation Army’s founder, is the highest award the nonprofit bestows on an individual.

Recipients are chosen for their dedication to The Salvation Army’s goal of service; outstanding service to the community through donation of time, expertise and energy; outstanding humanitarian effort within the community and substantial contributions to the work of The Salvation Army in offering time, talent and resources.

This year’s Others Award, presented to those who live selflessly, was awarded to The FCA Foundation.

The FCA Foundation supports Salvation Army programming that empowers and builds resilience in local youth and generates societal impact.

The company has supported the Bed & Bread program, which is dedicated to feeding the hungry throughout the streets of Detroit seven days a week, 356 days a year. It also provided a $150,000 combined grant for after-school programs for the Detroit Conner Creek and Warren Corps Community Centers.

Its decades-long commitment to the east side of Detroit and the most recent investment to assist with environmental education, fixing blight and supporting the City of Detroit’s Impact Neighborhood Fund has benefited clients served at the Conner Creek Corps Community Center, according to the nonprofit.

The Salvation Army also presented four Doing the Most Good Awards, given to individuals and organizations that exemplify an extraordinary spirit of service and collaboration with The Salvation Army in times of need.

Recipients were AT&T, Community Financial Credit Union, The Royal Park Hotel and Jim Webb, a DAC director and member of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce.

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